Military Aff DDI 2008 SSJBox
Contention 1: InherencyLack of funding prevents hybrid electric vehicle development in the militarynow
, Editor of the National Defense Industrial Association, 9/1/
, http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/summary_0199-5762818_ITMIn truth, it is hard to see how Rumsfeld’s directive could change the reality of a military that mostly operates guzzlers, and hasno tangible plans to change that. Just two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the Pentagon a "nationalsecurity exemption" so it can continue to drive trucks with old, energy-inefficient engines that don't meet the emissionsstandards required for commercial trucks.The Army once considered replacing the mother of all fuel-gorgers, the Abrams tank engine, with a more efficient diesel plant.But the Army leadership then reversed course because it was too expensive. Most recently, the Army cancelled a program to produce hybrid-diesel humvees, and has slowed down the development of other hybrid trucks in the medium and heavy fleets.The Air Force has been contemplating the replacement of its surveillance, cargo and tanker aircraft engines, but the project wasdeemed too costly, and not worth any potential fuel savings.Subsequent to Rumsfeld's 2005 snowflake, a number of military and civilian Pentagon officials have been eager to publicizevarious science projects aimed at energy conservation, such as research into synthetic fuels, biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, windfarms and solar power, to name a few.
SkyBuilt hybrid electric generators have been deployed and been effective,but increased spending is needed to fully supply the Army
, staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, 1/9/
, Military Looks to SkyBuilt for Oil Savings and Renewable Power,http://www.skybuilt.com/pr_wsj.htmJanuary 9, 2007 — Recent energy-market disruptions have added urgency to the U.S. military's efforts to curb its use of oil andother fuels. But the effort faces considerable obstacles, including the difficulty in figuring out how much it spends on energy to begin with. In the year ended Sept. 30, the Defense Department spent, by its estimate, $13 billion on fuel amounting to 134million barrels of oil for the year, up from 107 million barrels of oil in 2000. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq led to a surge infuel use in that period, according to the Defense Energy Support Center, a government agency that buys fuel from private-sector companies and supplies it to the armed forces. The most recent figure is more than the entire nation of Swedenconsumed in 2005. (Still, it adds up to less than 2% of daily U.S. consumption.) As energy prices have surged and volatilityhas increased in important oil-producing regions, the military is redoubling efforts to rein in consumption throughconservation, increased fuel-efficiency measures and greater use of alternative energy. The effort picked up in earnestfollowing the 2005 Atlantic Ocean hurricanes, which devastated the Gulf Coast, lifted prices to records and highlighted thevulnerability of supplies. "Katrina was a wake-up call," says Michael Aimone, assistant deputy chief of staff of the Air Forcewho oversees the force's energy-conservation efforts. The Pentagon is planning to spend more than $2 billion in the next fiveyears on energy initiatives, which could help spur development of energy sources for use in other sectors. "The contribution[the military's efforts] will make will be in leadership rather than actual conservation," said Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a MarylandRepublican, who last year formed a bipartisan panel called the Defense Energy Working Group to study the issue. JamesWoolsey, a former Central Intelligence Agency director who heads the policy panel of one of two Pentagon energy task forces,said the drive to curb energy use is being fueled less by high prices than an increasing awareness about the "vulnerability andinsecurity of supplies" world-wide. The effect of the Pentagon's interest in conservation and alternative energy can be seenfrom military bases and hangers to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. In late July, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. RichardZilmer, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq's insurgent al-Anbar province, asked for a shipment of mobile solar panels and windturbines to supplement gas-guzzling generators at bases under his command. Cutting "the military's dependence on fuel for power generation could reduce the number of road-bound convoys" and U.S. casualties resulting from insurgent attacks onU.S. supply convoys, Gen. Zilmer wrote in a memo. The Army's Rapid Equipping Force, the unit responsible for processingsuch requests, has contracted SkyBuilt Power of Arlington, Va., to build four hybrid power stations for delivery this spring.
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